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San Juan Skyway
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This 236-mile route, a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway as well as a National Forest Scenic Byway, passes through mountains, forests, old mining towns, ski resorts and ancient ruins.
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,181 contributions
The Million Dollar Highway--and then some
Aug 2020
Colorado is one of our favorite vacation destination. So much history, so much scenery...ghost towns, old mining camps, mountains, peaks, lakes, valleys, forests. And the best way to see it all is to traverse the many scenic highways. Have you driven the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway from Aspen to Leadville to Beaver Creek? Or the Trail of the Ancients from Four Corners to Hovenweep? Or the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park? Did you take the Cog Railway to the summit of Pike's Peak? Or the narrow gauge railroad from Durango to Silverton and back? How about the San Juan Skyway? No trip to the Durango area is complete without a breath-taking ride on the San Juan Skyway, a 235-mile loop of twists and turns and steep drop-offs without guardrails that features spectacular mountain scenery and historical sites. Starting in Durango, the largest city on the San Juan Skyway, you'll take U.S. 550 to Silverton, climbing over 10,660-foot Coal Bank Pass and 10,899-foot Molas Pass. Tour the Old Hundred Gold Mine. Eat at one of the town's tourist-happy restaurants. From Silverton, continue on U.S 550 to Ouray over what is called the "Million Dollar Highway," named for the gold ore used in the road's construction. Climb over 11,075-foot Red Mountain Pass and descend into Ouray, described as the "Little Switzerland of America" with its picturesque mountain views, natural hot springs and a box canyon waterfall. Continue north to Ridgway, then west on State Highway 62 West over the Dallas Divide, past 14,150-foot Mount Sneffels, then enter State Highway 145 South to Telluride, a picture postcard of an old mining camp converted into a popular winter skiing resort. Stay overnight in Telluride, located at the end of a beautiful box canyon featuring 365-foot Bridal Veil Falls. Hire a guide to take you to Tomboy, an old mining camp that overlooks Telluride. For trivia lovers, it is reported that Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank in Telluride on June 24, 1889. After leaving Telluride, cross 10,222-foot Lizard Head Pass, enter the Uncompahgre National Forest and get sweeping views of 14,159-foot El Diente Peak, 14,246-foot Mount Wilson, 14,017-foot Wilson Peak and 13,113-foot Lizard Head Peak. In the ranching community of Dolores, visit the McPhee Reservoir, one of the largest man-made lakes in Colorado. From Delores, the San Juan Skyway continues on U.S. Highway 160 to Cortez, home of many archaeological sites and monuments, including Mesa Verde National Park. Then it's back to Durango, where you'll find many inviting and trendy restaurants. For an overnight accommodation, the historic Strater Hotel is highly recommended. Or the Rochester, which has a room dedicated to the late Harry Carey Jr., a longtime Durango resident and member of legendary movie director John Ford's famous stock company. The San Juan Skyway was designated as a National Forest Scenic Byway in 1988, a Colorado Scenic and Historic Byway in 1989 and an All-American Road in 1996.
Written May 15, 2021
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lindamP3615XT
24 contributions
Awesome view!
Jun 2019
This was such a fun skyway adventure. The lines were not long at all so the wait time was shorter than expected.The views were stunning and the ride was extremely smooth.
Written February 12, 2020
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1,109 contributions
So scenic1
Oct 2019
This entire scenic byway covers a distance of 236 miles. We drove the entire portion at different times except for the part from Cortez to Durango. The most popular portion is from Ouray to Silverton called the Million Dollar Highway where the road if driving north to south has steep drop offs with no guardrails and twisty turns. The whole byway goes through the San Juan Mountains and the scenery is just outstanding. We happened to catch the fall leaves just right in October and couldn't have asked for a better experience..
Written January 27, 2020
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JFK
2 contributions
Durango Silverton train ride and bus trip on the San Juan Skyway
Sep 2019
Took the Durango Silverton Train ride from Durango to Silverton and a bus ride from Silverton back to Durango. A must do!
Written November 9, 2019
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Juan A
14 contributions
San Juan Skyway Ride
Sep 2019
An amazing ride from Denver! Impressive mountains and what a beautiful country we live in. We dont need to travel far away to enjoy beauty. Little scary on some areas of the skyway, with no rail but gorgeous nevertheless, whether in car or motorcycle
Written November 5, 2019
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Adventurer696942
2 contributions
Great ride from Silverton to Ouray CO
Sep 2019
23 miles of most scenic and fantastic landscape. Hard to believe how the old wagons made it through on a 10 foot wide dirt road. If you can call it a road. Well worth the trip. My tip is go counterclockwise on the trip, puts you more to the mountain side verses the deep valley side.
Written October 21, 2019
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Greg P
Prescott Valley, AZ721 contributions
Beautiful Views of Mountains, Forests, and River
Sep 2019
We drove from Durango to Silverton on a beautiful fall morning. Fall colors were showing in some areas. A road with many curves, ups and downs with enjoyable views.
Written October 19, 2019
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R. Jeffrey
Findlay, OH26 contributions
Breathtaking scenery
Jul 2019
We drove the western side one day from Ridgeway to Telluride and then to Delores where we camped for three days at the McFee campground while we visited Mesa Verde, Mancos State Park. On the third day, we drove to Durango, then from Durango to Silverton on US 550, most of the eastern side of the Skyway. We wanted to take the Durango to Silverton Narrow Guage Railroad but the weather forecast was not favorable that day. We had lunch at an old west style saloon in Silverton with an 1800's style piano player providing some great ragtime music as we dined. The food was great as was the atmosphere. We took in some gift shops and bought a few souvenirs, took some photos around town between short rain showers and returned to Durango then back to McFee for our last night in the area, then it was on to Utah. Would love to visit sometime during Autumn when the fall colors are peaking. It's on my bucket list.
Written August 13, 2019
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chris a
6 contributions
Most beautiful view in the world
Sep 2018 • Friends
Wow what a ride, this 7 hour trip left me in amazement the whole trip I was in awe the most beautiful sights I had ever seen. You just can not take a bad picture picture here.smsll towns along the way just fantastic this should be on everybody's bucket list
Written September 29, 2018
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321Naturelover
Sardinia, OH31 contributions
Stunning views, Gorgeous fall colors
Sep 2018 • Couples
We drove almost all of the San Juan Scenic Byway in mid September. The aspen trees were all out in splendid yellow and orange display. Absolutely the prettiest fall color display I have seen anywhere!! Highly recommend this drive for everyone.
Written September 23, 2018
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